Practice of Science was selected as a finalist for
Royal Society Prize for Science Books. The judges said: “How
is science done? This book looks behind the scenes and tells the
story of what makes scientific minds tick and how scientific theories
are made. A fascinating, personal account – essential reading
for anyone with an interest in science, from pupil to politician.”
Philosophy of Science and Bioethics
My research program consists of cross-disciplinary
studies at the boundary between science and philosophy, attempting
to articulate what doing science entails with the goal of informing
science policy decisions and advancing science education and public
understanding of science. The philosophical approach that I use
involves exploring the assumptions and challenges implicit in practice.
Currently, I am studying research integrity in secondary
school science fair. Matters relating to research integrity have
become a major policy issue in the United States and worldwide.
Notwithstanding increased attention to the subject over the past
25 years since NIH made research integrity instruction a requirement
in graduate education, the factors that undermine research integrity
remain poorly understood. Best practices for promoting research
integrity remain poorly developed. The purpose of my study is to
learn if problems with research integrity begin as early as secondary
school science fair.
Grinnell, F (1987) The Scientific Attitude, Westview Press,
Grinnell, F (1992) The Scientific Attitude, 2nd Edition,
Guilford Press, New York, NY.
F. (2009) Everyday Practice of Science: Where
Intuition and Passion meet Objectivity and Logic, Oxford
University Press, New York, NY.
B. A., Grinnell, F., and Zigmond, M. J. (2014) Editors for special
issue of J. Micro. & Biol. Educ., Theme: Scientific Ethics (Forthcoming
as a monograph published by the American Society of Microbiology)
Everyday Practice of Science -- Reviews and Podcasts
by Janet D. Stemedel at Science Blogs
by Alice Kim at Science and Consciousness Blog
Midwest Book Review at Amazon.Com
by John Kwok at Amazon.Com
Bench Ethics (podcast): Science Progress hosts interview
between Jonathan Moreno and Fred Grinnell
by Michael R. Dietrich in The Quarterly Review of Biology
by D. P. Dash in Journal of Research Practice
by Chris Lee at ArsTechnica Blog
by Dan Agin at The Huffington Post
Review by A.
J. Cornish Bowden at Amazon.Com
by Timothy Haugh at Amazon.Com
Italian) by Domenico Lombardini at Amazon.Com
French) by Marie-Jo Thiel at Le Centre européen d'enseignement
et de recherche en éthique (CEERE)
Review by Russell Blackford at Metamagician and the Hellfire
by Brian Clegg at Popular Science
by Ruth Francis at Nature.com
by Sheril Kirshenbaum at The Intersection Blog
by Tim Radford at The Guardian
by Kerry Taylor Smith at Laboratory News
by Juljan Krause at Science as Culture
by José Vázquez at CBE Life Sciences Education
by Paul Wolstenholme-Hogg at RCS Chemistry World
by Cory Lewis at Spontaneous Generations
F. (2013) Research Integrity and Everyday Practice of Science. Science
and Engineering Ethics. 9: 685-701.
F. (2013) It is time to update US biomedical funding. Nature. 501:137.
F. (2014) The interrelationship between research integrity, conflict
of interest, and the research environment. J. Microbiol. & Biol.
Grinnell, F. (2014) Objectivity in
Vocabulary for the Study of Religion. Ed. Robert Segal and Kocku
von Stuckrad. Leiden: Brill.
Grinnell, F. (2015) Are We All Scientific Experts Now? (Book Review).
Br. J. Hist. Sci. In Press
Other Selected Publications
F. (1983) Studies on intersubjectivity: A comparison of Martin Buber
and Alfred Schutz. Human Studies 6: 185-195.
(1986) Complementarity: An approach to understanding the relationship
between science and religion. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
F. (1990) The endings of clinical research protocols: Understanding
the difference between therapy and research. IRB. 12: 1-4
F. (1994) Radical intersubjectivity: Why naturalism is an assumption
necessary for doing science. In Darwinism: Science or Philosophy?
ed. J. Buelland V. Hearn, Foundation for Thought and Ethics, Richardson,
F, Bishop, JP, and McCullough, LB. (2002) Bioethical pluralism and
complementarity. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 45(3):338-49
F. (2004) Subject Vulnerability: The Precautionary Principle Of
Human Research. American Journal of Bioethics. 4:72-74.
F. (2004) Human embryo research: From moral uncertainty to death.
American Journal of Bioethics. 4:12-3.
Grinnell, F. (2005) Misconduct: acceptable practices differ by field.
Nature. 436: 776.
F. (2006) Intelligent design: fallacy recapitulates ontogeny. FASEB
J. 20: 410-1.25.
F. (2009) Intelligible Design or Intelligent Design? It’s
a Matter of Faith. Chronicle of Higher Education. 55(18): B5
F. (2009) Discovery in the Lab: Plato’s paradox and Max Delbrück’s
principle of limited sloppiness. FASEB J. 20: 410-1.
F. (2011) The Evolution of Credibility The-Scientist.
University Press Blog (2009): Science and Conflict of Interest
University Press Blog (2009): How to Support Graduate Education
in the Sciences
University Press Blog (2009): Redefining Death -- Again
Oxford University Press Blog (2010): End of Human Embryonic Stem
University Press Contract